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Jacob Schepers is a writer and academic living in South Bend, Indiana. He earned his PhD in English and MFA in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of A Bundle of Careful Compromises (Outriders Poetry Project 2014), and his writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from such places as Verse, The Common, The Fanzine, Entropy, Tupelo Quarterly, Harpur Palate, Greensboro Review, and Psaltery & Lyre, among others. 

Co-Founder & Co-Editor.
An online poetry journal edited by Jacob Schepers and Sara Judy focusing on more & more & more.
Publishing quarterly. Submissions always free and always open.

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Adjunct Professor.
University of Notre Dame.


Teaching assignments have included courses within the University Writing Program (Writing and Rhetoric), the Creative Writing Program (Poetry Writing), and the Program of Liberal Studies (The Lyric Poem; Shakespeare and Milton).


5+1 Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar.
University of Notre Dame.

​2019 - 2020

Responsibilities included conference planning and editorial work for Post45, which focuses on post-1945 culture, literature, art, and media, as well as teaching Advanced Fiction Writing within ND's Creative Writing Program.

Associate Faculty.
Indiana University South Bend

​2019 - 2020


Responsibilities include teaching two sections of Principles of Composition in IUSB's First-Year Writing Program and The Art of Imitation in the English Department (Three Semesters)

Adjunct Instructor.
Holy Cross College

​2016 - 2017


​Responsibilities included teaching Honors Composition to first-year students.

Graduate Student.
University of Notre Dame

​2014 - 2019

​Experience includes positions as the University Writing Program's Graduate Student Assistant Director (GSAD), as a research assistant for Professor Stephen Fredman using the Ed Dorn and Robert Creeley Collections in Hesburgh Library's Rare Books and Special Collections, as President of the Leaky Bodies Club (the Poetry and Poetics Graduate Student Group), as a teaching assistant for the American Studies department, and as the instructor of record for such classes as "Poetry, Science, and Technology," "Introduction to Poetry Writing," and "Multimedia Writing and Rhetoric."

Awards, Grants, and Honors

Finalist, "Colder Country," 2022 and 2023 Antivenom Poetry Prize, Elixir Press.

Finalist, "Colder Country," 23rd Annual Poetry Award, Elixir Press.


Semi-Finalist, "Ugly Ground Swell Moss," Saturnalia Books 2021 Contest.

Seminar Member, "Adorno's Aesthetic Theory," The School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, 2018.

Global Domes: The Notre Dame/Edinburgh/Oxford PhD Workshop Program in History and Literature in England and Scotland, 2017.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow Nominee, University for Notre Dame, 2016.

Co-winner (with Linda Stern Zisquit), Outriders Poetry Project Competition 2013.

Harmon D. Hook Memorial Award (Calvin University 2012).



Proficiency in reading, speaking, and listening.


Proficiency in reading.

University of Notre Dame.

​2014 - 2019

PhD in English

Graduate Minor in the History and Philosophy of Science

University of Notre Dame.

​2017 - 2019

MFA in Poetry


University at Buffalo, SUNY.

2012- 2014

MA in English

Calvin University (formerly Calvin College).

2008 - 2012

BA with honors in English 

Minors in Writing and Linguistics

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